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Noble Rot - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,250 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,250
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 90
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This saison-esque science project gets complexity and fermentable sugars from two unique wine grapes sourced with our friends at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Prosser, Wash.

The first addition is unfermented juice, known as must, from viognier grapes that have been infected with a benevolent fungus called botrytis. This noble rot reduces the water content in the grapes while magnifying their sweetness and complexity. The second is pinot gris must intensified by a process called dropping fruit, where large clusters of grapes are clipped to amplify the quality of those left behind.

Noble Rot is brewed with pils and wheat malts and fermented with a distinct Belgian yeast strain. It has a spicy white wine body and a dry, tart finish.

(Beer added by: paulozanello on 02-20-2011)
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MNBeerGeek

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-25-2013 06:26:51 | More by MNBeerGeek
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eklie

New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-23-2013 21:43:13 | More by eklie
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.6%

12-23-2013 21:28:39 | More by derkfromwi
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twperman

California

4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much better than anticipated. Much less sweet than my expectations for a Digfishhead beer. The grape must adds a lot and it reminds me of some of the best "wine-like" beers. Dry and refreshing. I'd definitely drink it again. NOw I'm just adding words...

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 15:22:46 | More by twperman
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-23-2013 00:26:05 | More by TheMultiYeast
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NonicPanic

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-18-2013 21:08:30 | More by NonicPanic
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fellowrs

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-18-2013 18:13:01 | More by fellowrs
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crowbar540

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-18-2013 15:33:11 | More by crowbar540
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MichaelBigbone

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

12-14-2013 03:07:45 | More by MichaelBigbone
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

12-10-2013 23:08:07 | More by rogerdandy
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

12-09-2013 18:39:53 | More by vinny21bal
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Lebzilla

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-09-2013 18:19:30 | More by Lebzilla
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tkdchampxi

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

12-09-2013 15:10:00 | More by tkdchampxi
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 release. 750ml bottle served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a bright light yellow color with one finger of a white soapy head. Body is almost crystal clear with a fair amount of visible carbonation.

Smell: White grape, spicy saison yeast, pepper, lemon rind with some slight grassy notes.

Taste: Follows the nose pretty closely with a shot of slightly tart white grape upfront followed by some peppery saison yeast, lemongrass, pear, spices (maybe a hint of coriander) with a slight underlying breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp with medium levels of lively carbonation. Drinks super easy for 9%.

Overall: Subtlety isn't usually Dogfish Head's specialty, but this beer is the exception. The addition of the grape must works perfectly with the base beer without one overwhelming the other. Complex, flavorful and very easy to drink. This is one of my favorite offerings from Dogfish, and I really hope Sam and the crew continue making this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 00:15:01 | More by Jonada
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WVUbrew

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-01-2013 21:53:00 | More by WVUbrew
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

12-01-2013 19:36:48 | More by Agentveba
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beerforpresident

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

12-01-2013 05:28:14 | More by beerforpresident
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msturek

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I approached this beer with a little trepidation as it seemed sort of a forced hybrid. But Dogfish has never disappointed me before.

The appearance looks like a pilsner - very light and very carbonated. Looks a lot like champagne but with just a bit more yellow. Nice finger-sized white head.

Smell is all grape as expected. Again, much like champagne but a bit more grape scent then I've ever smelled in one.

Mouthfeel follows the appearance - very light and very carbonated.

Taste gets disappointing based on my expectation. I was expecting a spicy, hoppy saison with grape notes, but instead it tasted more like a grape-infused pilsner. Now I don't mind a good pilsner, but it wasn't at all what I was expecting. The grape got a bit overbearing as it went on and for the first time, I struggled a bit to finish a Dogfish.

Overall it was still very enjoyable, but it didn't meet the expectations I had and the grape got a bit too much by the end. I'd drink it again if I was offered, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:21:49 | More by msturek
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klmcmachen

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-26-2013 03:23:18 | More by klmcmachen
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

11-25-2013 00:27:58 | More by XmnwildX12
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snailman22

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

11-20-2013 06:52:31 | More by snailman22
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Sarge3130

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2013 23:50:02 | More by Sarge3130
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cjw333

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

11-17-2013 07:36:08 | More by cjw333
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

11-16-2013 13:53:52 | More by PaulyB83
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

11-14-2013 04:15:51 | More by jaydoc
Noble Rot from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.